This cold weather or the “COLD” season is taking its toll!
In a totally unrelated cold, flu medical issue I booked an appointment with my doctor Thursday. I was lucky to be able to get in, a double booking if you will.
I arrived on time at 2:30 pm to a shocking sight! The waiting room, which is large and serves many doctors was jam packed.
It looked as though there had been a major wreck!
Those waiting were young, old, some using wheel chairs, others in baby carriers and the able bodied. Everyone bundled up, coughing and hacking. I slunk in, took my space next to some guy who had been waiting a while, I assume!
At one point, forty people were sitting, standing in the waiting room. Two t.v’s and some conversation. Okay, now as I’m sitting waiting, people I know are coming in! Have you ever just wanted to be a fly on the wall. Waiting in a medical centre is not really where you want people to see you! Is it? Quick pull that magazine right up to your face!
Slowly, steadily, the staff called out names and people moved from one waiting area back to the doctor’s area. In a positive spin people were moving at a pretty decent pace. I knew that my issue was pretty much a no brainer and I would be in and out with a prescription in hand.
Walk in or an appointment, WOW – seeing a situation like this makes you think of the outcomes of such visits. What if you are very sick. I guess you potentially just go to the hospital. What is the visit with the doctor really like. Before I booked, I was looking at the health region website and the doctor reviews. The review process makes me question the people that write the reviews. I’ve done a few reviews of cafes, retail, travel including airlines, ground transportation and hotels. I give honest feed back that reflects positive and negative points of view. There is always balance in an event you are apart of.
My doctor had some less than glowing reviews. I find her to be detailed and to the point. Is that not what you want in someone with a medical background. Of course someone that listens and is understanding are good traits too, I’ve seen that when she spoke to my mom. I think we all know that there are people out working the health system, so nothing is ever good! In my opinion, my appointment was on the mark. I walked out in good time with prescription in hand. I have a physical booked for the end of the month. Guess we will see how that unfolds!
2018 goals include becoming more fit and also watching my diet which in turn will help with any aches and discomfort I may have. It is the beauty of aging plus how can I make my life extend and become healthier!
I hope seeing 40 plus people in a waiting room was just one of those odd things, I’d rather just have a random visit than become a regular medical facility visitor!